Professor Robert Ferguson

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Our dear colleague and friend, Robert Ferguson, died on Saturday, July 1, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Robert was a distinguished and trailblazing scholar, a master teacher, a deeply engaged faculty citizen, and a devoted member of the Columbia Law School community. The George Edward Woodberry Professor of Law, Literature, and Criticism until his retirement in 2016, Robert joined Columbia University in 1989, holding a joint faculty appointment at both the Law School and in the English department for much of his tenure.

Jack Halberstam Appointed as Full Professor

Thursday, June 8, 2017

After spending the past year on campus as a visiting professor, Jack Halberstam is joining the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality as a full professor. “This is a dream job for me for so many reasons,” says Halberstam, “an exciting job in an exciting city with so many fantastic students and colleagues.

Lauren Robertson Appointed as Assistant Professor

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Department of English and Comparative Literature is pleased to introduce a new Assistant Professor of Early Modern and Renaissance Drama, Lauren Robertson.

Sharon Marcus Receives Radcliffe Fellowship

Friday, May 5, 2017

Sharon Marcus, Dean of Humanities and Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, has been awarded a Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, to complete a book on the history of celebrity, to be published by Princeton University Press. The Institute is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and offers fellowships to scholars at all levels of their careers.

Edward Mendelson Elected to American Philosophical Society

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Prof. Edward Mendelson has been elected to join the American Philosophy Society. This April, the Society inducted thirty-two new members across Math and Physical Science; Biological Sciences; Social Sciences; the Humanities; and the Arts, Professions, and Leaders in Public and Private Affairs. Prof. Mendelson is the latest of four faculty to have received the honor, which includes Andrew Delbanco, Gayatri Spivak, and Edward Said.